Getting Prepared Week 30: Take the Preparedness Test

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quizBack in January I did a walk-around-the-house inventory to assess the state of my preparedness.  On that day, I officially became a prepper.

A lot has happened since then, all of it mostly good.  Today, as I walk around my little cottage homestead, I find a 55 gallon water barrel, I find Berkey filters and I find 4 cases of bottled water.  I have 25 pounds each of various types of legumes, twice that in rice, and multiple cases of canned goods.  I have a robust first aid kit, a bug out bag, and a go bag.  And I have a shotgun to defend myself.  The piece de resistance?  A 10KW whole house generator.

Yes, it has been a good year so far.  But I am not done.  Nope, not even close.  During today’s walk I envisioned my day in the worst of all circumstances:  a disaster has occurred, the fuel line to my generator has failed, and there is no running water or sewer service.  Holy moly.  That would be bad.

And so I plan to keep prepping and to continue to expand my knowledge of all things preparedness.  To help get to this next stage, I found this great Preparedness Test buried in an LDS Preparedness Manual which is a 100% free download thanks to the site

Want to give the test it a try?  Let’s get started.


1.   Has your family rehearsed fire escape routes from your home?

2.   Does your family know what to do before, during, and after an earthquake or other emergency situation?

3.   Do you have heavy objects hanging over beds that can fall during an earthquake?

4.   Do you have access to an operational flashlight in every occupied bedroom?  (use of candles is not recommended unless you are sure there is no leaking gas)

5.   Do you keep shoes near your bed to protect your feet against broken glass?

6.    If a water line was ruptured during an earthquake, do you know how to shut off the main water line to your house?

7.   Can this water valve be turned off by hand without the use of a tool? Do you have a tool if one is needed?

8.    Do you know where the main gas shut-off valve to your house is located?

9.    If you smell gas, do you know how and would you be able to shut off this valve?

10.  Gas valves usually cannot be turned off by hand. Is there a tool near your valve?

11.  Would you be able to safely restart your furnace when gas is safely available?

12.  Do you have working smoke alarms in the proper places to warn you of fire?

13.  In case of a minor fire, do you have a fire extinguisher that you know how to use?

14.  Do you have duplicate keys and copies of important insurance and other papers stored outside your home?

15.  Do you have a functional emergency radio to receive emergency information?

16.  If your family had to evacuate your home, have you identified a meeting place?


17.  Would you have sufficient food?

18.  Would you have the means to cook food without gas and electricity?

19.  Would you have sufficient water for drinking, cooking, and sanitary needs?

20.  Do you have access to a 72 hour evacuation kit?

21. Would you be able to carry or transport these kits?

22. Have you established an out-of-state contact?

23. Do you have a first aid kit in your home and in each car?

24. Do you have work gloves and some tools for minor rescue and clean up?

25. Do you have emergency cash on hand? (During emergencies banks and ATMs are closed)

26. Without electricity and gas do you have a way to heat at least part of your house?

27. If you need medications, do you have a month’s supply on hand?

28. Do you have a plan for toilet facilities if there is an extended water shortage?

29. Do you have a supply of food, clothing, and fuel where appropriate: For 6 months? For a year?

So how did you do?  If you are like me, you have a new checklist of things to do to continue your preps, for this is a work in process and will undoubtedly never end.  Our fragile planet, the global financial mess and the threat of man-made, terrorist activities are here to stay for a long, long time.

I hope that the worst will not happen.  But just in case it does, I am going to be darn sure that I am prepared!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


P.S.  You can also download a printable copy of the Preparedness Test here.

From the Bargain Bin:   Current picks.

  • Emergency Essentials has the Volcano Stove with the propane option on sale for $129.99 which is just slightly more than the non-propane version that I purchased a couple of weeks ago (and reviewed last week).
  • Lodge 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet:  The basic standby for all types of cooking, inside or out.
  • Lodge Set of 2 Pan Scrapers:  A must have to go with that skillet.
  • 550lb. Type III Paracord 100′ Black: I wish I had known about Paracord years ago.  With a recent price reduction to $7.47, there is no reason not to have a few hundred feet around your home, in your car, and in your bug out bag.
  • 20 Gallon Size Mylar Bags: I found a different source on Amazon for only $8.25 for 20 bags.  This qualifies as a screaming deal.  Shipping is free, of course.
  • 60 – 300cc Oxygen Absorbers: This is one area where you want to make sure you are getting a quality product.  Currently, a pack of 60 (in three 20 unit packs) is $13.99 with free shipping.
  • Emergency CandlesUnlike flashlights that require batteries, emergency candles are ready anytime an emergency occurs.   These burn cleanly for up to 55 hours.

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Getting Prepared Week 30: Take the Preparedness Test — 7 Comments

  1. Are you on city sewer, then? I like septic systems because they aren’t dependent on anyone or anything off my property. Of course, I realize that you can’t just put in a drain field everywhere. Sometimes there isn’t sufficient room , sometimes you have surface water nearby that could be contaminated, and then there’s the almighty perk test. I guess no matter how hard a person tries, you are always going to be interconnected with outside infrastructure somehow.

    • More of a community sewer system than a city. My cottage is in a PUD and all of the infrastructure was provided by the developer. I love my little homestead but so wish I had more land than this postage stamp. I still have dreams of a secondary property for use as a communal farm. Of course we would also need a caretaker/watchman to guard our crops and chickens.

      — Gaye

  2. That’s a great list of questions. I don’t think many people have any idea how to turn off their gas in case of earthquake, etc. I probably need to review how to shut off the propane tank to the house… Probably just close the valve on top of the tank? I might not have thought of it immediately though. Good to think things through when you aren’t rushed or reacting to danger.

    And keeping shoes near the bed makes sense. Besides the broken glass issue, you may need to evacuate a burning house. You won’t want to take time to dig through the dark closet for a left and a right shoe when you need to get your kids out.

    Very good topic!

  3. Wow…. nice list. Think I hit 98% check. Shoes by the bed..check. May not have time to throw my jeans on so I have an old flyfishing vest on a hook by the bed. It’s loaded with head lamp. flashlight, a couple tools, hand gun, extra ammo, flash drive with all important docs, keys to the cars. Both cars have go bags. Just need to throw in 3 EMR buckets, one vehicle carries 30 gals of water(small RV). We have practiced the 5 min. evac and the 15 min., that includes hooking the trailer up and loading it with prepostioned tubs that contain photos, more clothes, more food and water. Sure would rather bug in though. I really enjoy your website.

    • I really like the fly fishing vest hung in the bedroom filled with lots of bug out goodies. I am going to start putting that together today.

      I already have go bags and stuff ready. I need to put some shoes under my bed.

      I hope I can just stay put. I live in a very rural area on a few acres. You never know what can happen, so I will be ready, just in case.


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